Cheshire Police have launched an appeal for information after 14 puppies were stolen from a property in Northwich earlier this week.
Cockapoos and cocker spaniels – aged just four weeks – went missing overnight on Tuesday after thieves broke into the building.
According to officers, the animals were snatched some time between 10pm and 7.20am.
Police are particularly concerned as dogs should not be separated from their parent at such a young age.
DC Paul Matchett said: “The puppies are too young to be taken from their mums so the owners are desperate for them to be returned as they could sadly die. It’s also distressing for the dogs who will be missing their puppies.
“I’d urge anyone who has any information or is offered a puppy clearly too young to call us. A puppy shouldn’t leave their mum until at least eight weeks old. You should also be able to see their mum when purchasing a puppy. Not seeing mum should raise alarm bells.”
Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 or via www.cheshire.police.uk quoting IML 849170.
Information can also be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Learn more about the appeal online.